Merill
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Merill brings together a number of farmers, breeders and artisans. Through this network, tourists and locals have the opportunity to experience the Maltese Islands' beautiful rural areas and consume genuine local products. Our mission is to nurture alternative experiences for locals and tourists, which contribute directly towards the conservation of the environment and empowerment of the rural communities.
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57Duke
Victoria, Canada42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Chris and his team have built an incredible, focused tour that takes you to numerous small local producers to see the back story on traditional Maltese ways of doing things. Starting at a small bakery, then visiting a vineyards, a sheep farm and ending with a visit to an olive grove where our group enjoyed a meal of products collected through our tour to that point. Mario and Grace at Cal-Pespus Sheep farm introduced us to their small flock of milk producing sheep then showed us how the make the tasty daily hard cheeses that are air dried in the heat of the sun for local sales. Paul of Cortis Vineyards took us through his vineyard explaining why he has chosen the vines he has and how he focuses on small lots of excellent wines for local consumption. Finally Bella (we missed Charlie) hosted our lunch above her olive groves, providing us olive oil tasting ahead of our tasting of wines, breads and cheeses obtained earlier in the day.

We highly recommend this "off the road' experience, where you meet local producers up front and close, and get the chance to talk to them personally as well as taste their fares.
Written June 5, 2018
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Thanks alot Duke... your small group was truly one to remember! ;)
Written October 1, 2018
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dana g
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
we did a food and wine tour in May 2018 i will start off by saying this was a wonderful tour, it gave great insight into maltese culture and food history and tradition. instead of listing all the things we did, as there were about 5 stops throughout the day, i just want you to know christian, the guy in charge is great, and i believe trying to do great things for maltese food by encouraging farmers and food creators to use to use traditional methods. the places we stopped had excellent products and christian who was also our guide had insights into maltese culture that we never would have gotten to learn about without this tour. i encourage you to try it if you are at all interested in food, traditions, or culture.
Written June 10, 2018
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Too kind Dana!! Glad you enjoyed the experience :)
Written October 1, 2018
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Rúna M
Reykjavik, Iceland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Business
When our BRANDit Project Manager in Malta suggested we would take our participants on one of the Merill Eco Private Tours, I was immediately interested. Just the description of the tour sounded like an experience not to miss.

In short... I and the whole group of business women simply loved it!

Thank you Jeanette for creating a tour I will always cherish!
Written March 27, 2012
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Dear Runa, It was a great pleasure to read your excellent review. I am glad you had a wonderful time and hope to see you back in Malta.
Written July 31, 2013
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John W W
Newcastle, Australia38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A most enjoyable day that's a little different from the normal tourist / sightseeing tours. Try it and you will enjoy and remember the day. Local people trying to preserve a way of life with passion. Not only will have a great day but you help support locals producing food and wine the traditional way.
Written July 17, 2019
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Glad you enjoyed your time with us, and thank you for mentioning supporting our local artisans and farmers- this is what we strive for.
Written November 8, 2019
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Soup_Dragon_66
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
There were many good points about this tour. The tour company is fantastic with their communication, our tour guide Christian was really interesting and the ethos of the tours in supporting local farmers is also spot on. So on these factors alone it would get 5 stars. But overall it was not a five star experience for me. The day we took our tour was a very wet day in Malta which meant that we didn’t visit either the sheep/cheese farm or the apiary. That was a pity but fair enough because it was very wet indeed. Our day started at a rather dark and smokey local bar in a small town where we were served the local pastries Pastizzi, the local bitter orange fizzy drink and tea or coffee. I can’t say I loved the venue although the Pastizzi were good. We then moved on to see two small local bakeries where we tried some of the bread and also a tuna, raisin and cauliflower pie which tasted better than you might expect. Following that we moved on to an Olive Farm where we tried this years and last years olive oils. We were also provided with bread, cheese, olives and beans to try alongside 2 wines, all from other local producers. This was perhaps the best stop of the tour. The views from the farm were lovely even in the rain, so on a sunny day would be fab.We then moved on to an unscheduled stop at Dingly Cliffs for a quick photo opportunity and a brief stop at a roadside grocery store, before our final stop at a wine producer. We were shown the vineyards and cellars where the wine is fermented and given some interesting info on its production. The owner is very quirky, but sorry to say he didn’t didn’t endear himself to us when he started the tour by kicking his neighbors dog out of his way. There was no excuse for that. It was a friendly little dog. After looking round, we sat down in a farm building to plates of bread with tomato and bean paste with cheese and sausage to accompany tastings of the 2 wines. Unfortunately I found these wines to both to be by far the most unpalatable I have ever tasted. And there were only these two wines to taste, so, for me, that was disappointing. We were also served strawberries and biscuits from the bakery we’d visited earlier in the day along with some coffee and then a taste of honey on a teaspoon to finish. After that we were driven back to our starting points. It was good to see some of the rural side of Malta and it was a pleasant enough day out with some really good commentary from Christian along the way, but I can’t give it 5 stars. I loved that it wasn’t a typical.touristy and commercial tour but i was hoping to taste decent wines and to be a little more wowed by the experience overall.
Written March 29, 2019
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Dear Soup_Dragon_66 Thank you for your review. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your day with us but at the same time we are extremely sorry about the incident with the dog; rest assured that we had already tackled this issue. With regards to your other points we believe that certain things are subject to personal tastes although it would be fair to say that at the other farm there were more wines to be tasted. Please trust that we have taken note of all the other points raised and we will do our best to manage certain situations better even where we do not have full control.
Written April 1, 2019
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RTWreset
Norfolk, VA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Nadia and Yasmin guided us through a full day of exploring Rabat and some of the surrounding country side. It was a nice blend of urban shops/bakeries and more rural farms/wineries. All of the food was delicious, and Nadia and Yasmin were enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. Transport provided was comfortable and timely, picking us up and dropping us off right at our accommodations door step. We would highly recommend this tour!
Written January 19, 2019
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Dear RTWreset, so glad you enjoyed it and it was a pleasure meeting you both, thank you for your kind words!:)
Written January 20, 2019
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Parth C
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly it was one of the best tours I have been on. If you're the kind of person who loves the countryside and loves interacting with the rural folks, I'd highly recommend you this trip.
Our guide Christian was superfriendly and made sure we experienced the maltese lifestyle firsthand. We had lunch with Bella and Charlie (a Maltese couple) who prepared a 3 course meal for us and treated us like family.

Want to know how hospitable the Maltese are ?

Tired of doing the typical tourist-like things and want to experience something unique?

Want to see the beautiful landscape and taste authentic Maltese food at the same time ?

Want to taste some exclusive wines, which are even hard to find in the local market?

Do you love the farmlife and are looking forward to countryside vibes?

If your answer is *Yes* to any of above questions... Then book the tour!!🙂
Written December 1, 2018
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Dear Parth C, Thank you for such wonderful, humbling words! Hope to see you again!
Written January 14, 2019
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frogeyedsprite
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
This is a special tour which delivers you to the doorstep of small private enterprises producing artisan food. it was quite relaxed and easy going physically and apart from the stunning countryside you pass on the way, we met some lovely people who work hard to produce Maltese artisan products be it bread, olive oil, wine, cheese or honey. You learn about the way of life for these producers and what they are up against on a small island like Malta, and you are treated to a samples of the delicious results of their hard work. Our group of 8 was collected in an air-conditioned minibus from our hotel and we were led by a guide who knew well the people we were to meet and even the animals were all familiar to him as he called them by name, be it the goat, cats, dogs, horse and cows. The first venue was a bakery making artisan bread and biscuits which we were delighted to sample. We had a chance to purchase water for the rest of the day here too, as by this time it was getting hot. We wore sandals or lace up shoes and were slathered in sunscreen, ready for the visit to the interesting vineyard and fascinating yet charming typical cheese producing farm stead where we met truly hard working people and animals of the land. The final destination, an olive grove, was like an oasis where we enjoyed a delicious home produced Mediterranean lunch using the bread we'd seen being baked earlier, the olive oil they had produced, the wine from the vineyard we had visited and cheese from the farmstead. The olive grove also produced honey and it was a nice surprise to finish up dousing more of the lovely bread with olive oil and honey - it went down a treat and in front of a most spectacular view. We were in Malta for 1 week and it was one of my favourite highlights, a pleasurable relaxed day that I will always remember.
Written June 3, 2018
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Pleasure to host your group and thanks for taking the time to review!
Written October 1, 2018
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carajojo4
Edinburgh, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Had a great day exploring. We tried many of the local delacies and met some really lovely local Maltese people. We started in Rabat tasting the local Pastizzi (yumo), then onto visit local vineyards, bakery, strawberry farm where we picked our own, a farm where the owners made there own cheese. We ended the day on an olive tree farm having a very tasty traditional lunch & tasting some of the local wine. We would thoroughly recommend this tour. Christian is very passionate about preserving the footprint of Malta & we were very glad to be part of it. Thanks for some great memories!
Written May 11, 2017
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AsaCA
Huddinge, Sweden3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Business
We were a group from work, 18 persons. Had an amazing morning there with wine, snacks etc. The staff were superfriendly and we all agree that the visit to Merill eco was the best thing of the whole Malta-trip :-)
Go there!!!
Written June 5, 2015
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Thank you AsaCA for your great review! We are very happy that you and your colleagues enjoyed the experience with us!
Written June 8, 2015
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